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My dog has an ear infection what can I give m to alleviate s

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my dog has an ear infection what can I give him to alleviate his discomfort
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Margarita, ideally the ear disorder should be identified so that you can treat the specific cause of Romeo's discomfort. Primary infections are treated with otic (ear) ointments containing antibiotics, antiinflammatory steroids, and antiyeast drugs. Reactive ears (part of a more systemic allergic dermatitis) might be addressed with a systemic antihistaminic steroid only. If Romeo can't have his vet attend to the ear, you can throughly irrigate the ear with half vinegar/half water and once you've removed all the debris from within the ear you can then instill enough over the counter triple antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin or Polysporin to coat Romeo's ear canal. In 12 hours you can then coat his ear canal with over the counter hydrocortisone cream and alternate these treatments every 12 hours until hs ear remains clean and uninflamed. Aspirin dosed at 10 mg/lb with food twice daily should help address his discomfort. You must avoid both ibuprofen and naproxen - both of which are toxic to dogs.

If you didn't see a significant positive response to your treatment within a week, Romeo's vet has more potent drugs similar to what I've recommended. His vet may also perform a cytology - microscopic exam of a small sample of the inside of Romeo's ear to see which infectious agents are present, if any, and then treat those agents specifically.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Romeo. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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